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Sabres unite Perreault, Robert, Gare, LaFontaine through 'Rafters Club'

The Sabres have retired the numbers of six players. The four who are alive are joining to promote the team's community work.

Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, Danny Gare and Pat LaFontaine are members of the new "Rafters Club," the team announced today. The Sabres' legends will work with the team's alumni association and appear in public to draw attention to the community initiatives the group is involved with throughout the year.

"Our organization has always placed great emphasis on history and tradition," Sabres President Ted Black said in a statement. "In bringing these players back to serve as our team ambassadors, we’re hoping to further strengthen our connection to the team’s past while also finding ways to better our community. These guys carry enormous significance in this city, and we know they’re going to do a lot of good."

The first event for the Rafters Club will be the ninth annual Sabres Alumni Wine Festival next Wednesday in First Niagara Center. Proceeds from the event, which will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m., will benefit the Breast Cancer Prevention and Education Bus.

The late Richard Martin and Tim Horton also have their jersey numbers retired in Buffalo.

--John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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